0 Replies Latest reply on Jan 12, 2018 7:40 AM by Majd Al Mohtar

    Are my answers logical?

    Majd Al Mohtar

      I have a wall made of plastic blocks mounted on top of each other, and mounted on top of a rail fixed to the ground. The figure below demonstrates my study:

      First, my goal is to apply a linear motor on the middle block to see what motor force breaks the wall. The blocks are made of plastic and the rail is of alloy steel. I wanted to set contact between the parts, so to obtain the contact stiffness between the blocks I different values of a contact force and found the displacement and generated a plot. Same thing for the contact stiffness between the steel and the plastic. My problem is that the contact stiffness between steel and plastic was obtained to be 3*10^6 N/mm. Hence, a huge force is needed to break the wall (about 20000N), yet the wall is made of plastic blocks mounted on top of each other and mounted on a fixed rail to the floor. Is the answer logical?

      Because I sense it is not, if not, can anyone help me find my mistake?